PM may shut down Thailand’s transportation


Thai Prime Minister Might Shut Down All Public Transport If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

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As Thailand’s COVID-19 numbers continue to be on the rise, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering shutting down all public transport in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

In his conference after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Gen. Prayut said he might strengthen travel restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients still go up sharply. This includes halting all public transport services such as railways, city buses, and inter-provincial coaches.

Thai Prime Minister Might Shut Down All Public Transport If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

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“I ordered public transport operators to see whether they need to limit their services, but if they can’t handle it properly, I may order all the services to stop,” said the PM. 

According to the latest report on the Public Health website, the country is looking at 1,771 infections and 12 deaths in total as of 1st April 2020.


Transportation seized in some provinces


Thai Prime Minister Might Shut Down All Public Transport If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

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Although PM’s plan to shut down transportation is still uncertain, some provinces around the country have already closed down their traffic on land, sea, and air – with the only exemption of emergency, official, and logistic vehicles.

In addition, many of Thailand’s major airlines have suspended their operations due to the virus’ impact on travelling.

Let’s stay indoors and avoid going outside if you can. For those who must travel during this time, remember the social distancing rules and keep your hands sanitised. 

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